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Jaguars hand Texans 11th straight loss, 27-20

JACKSONVILLE, Florida -- Jacksonville's Chad Henne threw two touchdown passes and Jordan Todman scored after some trick passing as the Jaguars held on to beat Houston 27-20 on Thursday.

The Jaguars (4-9) won their third straight and continued to show signs of progress under first-year coach Gus Bradley. They also won at home for the first time in over a year.

“Our guys just really believe,” Bradley said. “The biggest challenge is to keep doing what we're doing. We're a young team that's learning how do this.”

Houston (2-11) saw its franchise-record losing streak reach 11 games, a stretch of futility that could lead to the firing of coach Gary Kubiak.

Kubiak and the Texans looked as if they would end the streak but Geno Hayes intercepted Matt Schaub's pass with 2:08 remaining.

Up until then, the inclusion of Schaub at the expense of starting Texans quarterback Case Keenum late in the third quarter had reaped dividends.

After the key interception, the Jaguars milked the clock, and Josh Scobee's 39-yard field goal provided some insurance. Houston had one final chance, but Schaub was sacked on his first snap with 20 seconds left and 77 yards to go.

Schaub completed 17 of 29 passes for 198 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. Andre Johnson caught 13 passes for 154 yards.

The Jaguars also profited from a trick play when they were holding a 24-10 lead in the third quarter. Henne threw behind the line of scrimmage to receiver Ace Sanders, who then heaved a deep ball across the field to running back Todman, who was all alone in the endzone and hauled in the 21-yard reception.

It was the second consecutive week a non-quarterback threw a TD pass for Jacksonville.

Henne completed 12 of 27 passes for 117 yards. He hooked up with Lewis for a 1-yard scoring strike in the first quarter and found Cecil Shorts III for a 6-yarder in the second.

The Texans had their own first-half touchdown when Keenum threw to Keshawn Martin.

Keenum completed 16 of 29 passes for 159 yards, with an interception, before getting benched. His last pass of the half was intercepted, ending a chance to tie the game.

The Jaguars are enjoying a modest turnaround after starting the season 0-8. Two victories came against Houston, including a 13-6 punt-fest 11 days ago.

The Texans managed a season-low 218 yards in that one, prompting some players to apologies to the city. Johnson called it the “lowest point” of his 11-year career.

Another loss surely will increase the possibility of changes in Houston.

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Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs past D.J. Swearinger #36 of the Houston Texans during the game at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida on Thursday, Dec. 5.

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